The family of a Qualcomm executive who died when two planes collided in midair in San Diego County has sued the air traffic control company.
Michael Copeland was practicing touch-and-go landings at Brown Municipal Airport in August when his small Cessna collided with a twin-engine Sabreliner jet. Four people on the jet also died.
The San Diego Union-Tribune says Copeland's widow and adult children filed a wrongful death suit this week against Serco Inc., a New Jersey company that handled Brown's air traffic control.
Also sued were the control tower manager and the owner of the Sabreliner, Maryland-based BAE Systems.
The suit claims controllers failed to maintain a safe distance between the aircraft.
Both Serco and BAE Systems say they support the federal investigation into the crash.